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Development Practice (MDP)

Degree or Minor: 
Graduate Degree
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Program/Degree

Development Practice (MDP) 

Program Description

The Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program brings together talented students and faculty who have dedicated themselves to reducing the grinding impacts of global poverty and defining the pathways to enhance well-being for the under-resourced and socially excluded. The UA MDP provides a comprehensive foundation and practical experience to produce professional and well-trained graduates who understand the complexities of poverty.

Consistent with the philosophy of the MDP network, the Arizona curriculum consists of four cornerstone competency areas:

  • Public health
  • Management
  • Social sciences
  • Natural sciences

It adds integrating skill courses and three possible elective certificate tracks that offer students an area of specialization. It provides a broad foundation of international development and, at the same time,allows students to specialize in various sectors such as:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Public Health
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Immigration
  • Development Entrepreneurship

This approach of foundational knowledge and applied practice ensures that graduates are ready to make meaningful contributions in the field of development practice

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Anthropology - http://anthropology.arizona.edu/

School of Geography and Development - http://geography.arizona.edu

Graduate students in the School of Geography and Development (SGD) benefit from the broad range of faculty expertise and strong links to interdisciplinary research centers across campus. Our work spans the discipline, from physical geography (climate science, dendrochronology, remote sensing, spatial science), to human-environment (political ecology, water policy, climate change) to human geography (development, state theory). Our shared commitment to collaboration and community makes for a lively and engaged department.

SGD offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, two professional master’s degrees, and participates in several graduate certificate programs